Utility companies in Kent will be charged up to £2000 per day for digging at peak times, the government announced today.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin approved the lane rental scheme with the aim of encouraging contractors to work on roads during off peak times.
Starting on 29 May companies will now be charged on any of the 465 roads covered by the scheme with money raised invested into cutting congestion.
“The Kent lane rental scheme will mean that companies will have to think intelligently about the scale and duration of works on out key routes, or incur a substantial charge for the disruption they cause to Kent’s motorists,” said Kent County Council cabinet member Bryan Sweetland.
But National Joint Utilities Group chief executive officer Lee Guest said that the group “is yet to be convinced that lane rental will deliver substantial additional benefits over and above the existing legislation already available”.